LAFAYETTE Ind. (WLFI)-Municipal elections are about a month away, and a challenger's financial history is playing a part in one Lafayette City Council race.
Republican Mary Fisher is challenging long-time incumbent democrat Ron Campbell in District Two. Fisher is a lifelong resident of Lafayette and she says it's time for some fresh perspectives on the city council. However, some are concerned that her past financial issues don't make her a qualified candidate
The Lafayette City Council has a difficult job to do, many of the decisions they make involve how the city should spend taxpayer dollars.
"We are the watchdogs so to speak of the city's money and we have to spend it judiciously and we have to look into the things that the money is going to," says Lafayette city council member Ron Campbell
Ron Campbell has been serving on the Lafayette city council for over 40 years. In the November election, he is being challenged by republican Mary Fisher.
"While we appreciate Ron's 40 plus years of service, I think it's time for some new fresh perspective,” says Mary Fisher who is running for Lafayette city council in district two.
Fisher has a history of financial run-ins, including small claims judgments, evictions, check deception, and driving while suspended, and "driving without financial responsibility."
Incumbent Campbell says he finds these issues troubling.
"I think any part of that is of concern,” added Campbell. “You are going to be in charge of some huge amounts of money maybe that lady does not have a good firm grip on how to handle that money."
Fisher says her past financial troubles were due to a tough time in her life.
"Anything regarding my financial situation from the past is related to me putting myself through college with three young kids,” added Fisher. “It's tough when you have to choose between paying for car insurance and putting food on your table."
She says her personal financial situation isn't something that should be taken into consideration when voters are making their decision in November.
"How I use my personal money whether I am choosing to put food on my kids' table or pay a bill has nothing to do with the city's finances," added Fisher.
Fisher says if she wins the election she wants to focus on making the city safer and more family-friendly. Campbell says city infrastructure is at the top of his list of issues. Elections will take place on November 5th.